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Fontella Bass Has Passed Away

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Fontella Bass, most famous for the 1965 hit Rescue Me, died on Wednesday in St. Louis, Missouri.

The R&B singer suffered from a series of strokes over the last seven years of life, but died at age 72 due to complications from a heart attack.

Her daughter, Neuka Mitchell, said:

"She was an outgoing person. She had a very big personality. Any room she entered she just lit the room up, whether she was on stage or just going out to eat."

Besides Rescue Me, Fontella's chart-toppers included Don't Mess Up a Good Thing and Deliver Me. In 1995 she earned a Grammy nomination for her gospel album No Ways Tired.

She will be sorely missed.

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2 comments to “Fontella Bass Has Passed Away”

  1. 1

    Gotta love the music of the 60's and watching those backup singers and musicians was a trip.

  2. teeter totter says – reply to this


    RIP and condolences to her friends and family.
    Yep, grew up in the fifties and sixties, some great music back then.